Resident Stories 2018-01-17T11:45:13+00:00

The Chateau La Jolla Difference Is The People

It’s difficult to truly know if the retirement neighborhood and lifestyle we’re offering is a perfect fit for you or your family member. What makes Chateau La Jolla so unique has nothing to do with our wonderful surroundings, amazing programming, or convenient amenities and services.

The uniqueness you feel comes from the daily interactions of our staff, residents and their families, as we support one another and strive to enjoy all that life has to offer. Glancing through our resident stories and testimonials is a wonderful way to dig deeper and learn more. We hope you enjoy the stories and insights shared by our residents.

Neva Woolley – Resident

Neva Woolley moves through life as if nothing is impossible. No reservations, no cares, certainly not scared of adventure. One of the best ways to live a long and happy life, is by indulging your passions. That’s exactly what she has done. Not only is Neva a talented actress and singer, she is a gifted painter as well.

Over the years, Neva has done what she loves whether it is acting, performing, or starring in musicals, this mezzo soprano has a zest for life, and believes anything is possible.

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Jane Bradford – Resident

“Teacher and musician” – that is how Jane describes herself. Jane has been playing the piano since age 6, and has sung in choral groups nearly all her life, mainly in church choirs. For 37 years she taught English at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where she was Department Head, teaching every level from 8th grade to seniors.

She enjoys living at The Chateau and especially eating in the restaurant – she hates cooking! Fun Fact – although hair used to be brown, she tinted it blonde and now it is snow white!

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Joe Annino – Resident

Painter, teacher and sculptor, Joe believes humor and an absence of ego is the core of inner happiness. Expressionistic visions on the figure is how one can describe his paintings. And his sculptures depict natural subject matter using mixed objects.

Presently, Joe enjoys caricature drawing and cartooning. Also, Joe loves ballroom dancing, progressive jazz, fashion, and exercise.

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Frank Schoen – Resident

Friendly and fun – that describes Frank Schoen! Chateau residents know him as a personable guy with a great sense of humor and a whistle that lets you know where he is! He calls himself a “Southerner” meaning he was born, raised, and educated in South Dakota. His wife is from South Vietnam and he currently lives in Southern California. But he adds, “I am still a DAMN YANKEE!”

He is an army veteran, having retired as a lieutenant colonel and having served in Vietnam, Germany, France, and Thailand. He continues now as a volunteer with for the Association of The United States Army and with The Military Order of World Wars.

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Doris Southard – Resident

Warm and engaging, Doris is a people person who makes friends easily. She has two sons – Douglas, a retired judge, and David, who has a Ph.D. in computer science. She has five grandchildren and four great grand children.

Surprisingly, she herself was the youngest of eleven siblings!

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Donald Butler – Resident

With a diverse career history, Donald has an interesting background. During WWII, he spent two years in the Navy. And, after that, he spent two years as a missionary for the Church of Latter Day Saints. Coming home, he was a police officer for a year before going to college at Arizona State University.

At age 12, he was nicknamed “Speed Butler” by his Scout Master because he was always the last to get up from dinner. The name stayed with him until age 32. He even had to put Don “Speed” Butler in the local telephone book so people would know who he was.

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Dibby Wolfe – Resident

The youngest of three, Dibby grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Shortly after graduating from high school, she went on to attend college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After college, Dibby moved to Washington D. C. It was in this city she went on to work for the FBI. Two years passed, and Dibby transferred to D.C. where she also worked for the FBI. With a temporary job working for Yale University, she headed off to New York for 6 months. After that, Dibby joined the State Department. So, it was back to Washington D. C. where she lived in George Town for one year.

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Our Community

Life doesn’t have to slow down when you get older, now’s your chance to try something new! The Chateau La Jolla community enjoys many social, educational, entertainment opportunities, and special events. There’s literally something for everyone!

“A cheerful light in the dining room warms my spirits. There is Eric, who carefully sets the tables. I watch as he does this so methodically, and I enter the dining room where Betty has already placed my pot of coffee and cup on a saucer. It happens every time, even before I get there!”


“Chateau La Jolla is a luxurious residential facility. Located in the midst of one of the most exclusive and desirable resort areas in Southern California.”


“We have loved every minute we have lived at Chateau. It is a wonderful place to live.”

C. S. Lewis

Our Resident Garden

What’s better than a day spent in the sun, getting exercise and playing in the dirt? Doing all of that with friends! Our residents cultivate food flowers and friendships in our community garden.

The fresh air and mild year-round weather, combined with great dining, a diverse culture, and recreational activities can be yours at Chateau La Jolla. No costly entrance fees, just affordable coastal living.